British folk/punk singer-songwriter Louise Distras has just announced a new single set to be released on September 30 titled “Aileen”. Perhaps the most notable fact of this song, is that it is inspired by Aileen Wuornos, America’s first female serial killer. In explaining the subject matter, Distras had this to say:
“One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary ‘Selling of a Serial Killer’, which is about ‘America’s first female serial killer’, Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has also experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen’s story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature VS nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It’s called ‘Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement’ and it’s available via scanning a QR code that’s printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK and mainland Europe.”
Both the single, and a corresponding music video are set to be released on September 30, and will mark her first release since her debut album “Dreams on the Factory Floor”.